Cell phones communicate using signals in the microwave spectrum. The invisible stream of radio frequency signals penetrate our bodies when the device is held close, and as well as the long-term potential for cancer, there is also the potential to impact cognitive memory functions and to cause disorientation and dizziness. This article explains how to take precautions when using your cell phone.

Balance the safety and convenience

Although they are convenient and efficient to use as a means of communication, however, cell phones, according to http://www.wikihow.com, are also a “massive human experiment” with more than 2-4 billion people in the world experiencing 70 to 80 per cent of the cell phone’s energy penetrating the skull, with unknown long-term outcomes. Safeguard your health by reducing your exposure to radio frequency emissions from your phone.

Limit the length of your calls

Prolonged extended use of cell phones increases your exposure to the radiated signals from your device; even a two minute call has been shown to alter your brain’s natural electrical activity for up to an hour afterward. By reducing the amount of time spent on the cell phone and by relegating it to emergency use, you can reduce your exposure to it.

Use a hands-free device or wireless headset to increase the distance between the phone and your head.

Use texts more often than talking to keep the cell phone away from the head. And keep the cell phone away from your body, while emailing or texting.

Keep the phone away from you when dialling to connect

Phones use more radiation during connection time, so just watch the screen and then move the phone to listen once you’re sure the connection has occurred.

Stay still when using a cell phone

If you keep moving around with it, more radiation is emitted because the phone needs to keep track of you. This covers walking and being inside a vehicle; as you move, the phone continues to scan to keep up with the changes in position.

Turn the cell phone off when not in use

A cell phone that is in standby mode is still emitting radiation. When it is off, this ceases. Do not carry the cell phone next to your body; instead, keep it in a bag. This is especially important if you have become used to wearing it in a pocket next to your groin; research has shown that men wearing cell phones next to their groin have up to 30 per cent reduction in sperm count. Keep it away from all vital organs (heart, liver, etc.).

Limit cell phone usage in children

Children are more susceptible to the radiation emitted from the cell phone. Their skulls are thinner and their brains are less developed. Moreover, since they are growing, their cells divide at a much faster rate, which means that the impact of radiation can be a lot worse.

Look for products designed to shield you

There are several devices in the market offering their own claims. Read the information accompanying the products and decide what is likely to work best for you. Some of the possibilities include:

  • A cell phone EMF protective device. These are small chips or button that are added to the phone to reduce the impact of the transmitter signals.
  • A screen type shield. This is a screen placed over the phone’s earpiece.
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